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The Los Gatos Public Library of Los Gatos CA. Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

December 17th, 2010
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The Los Gatos Public Library of Los Gatos CA. Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Los Gatos Public Library of Los Gatos, CA. is now live on their official Koha integrated library system.

The Los Gatos Public Library and the Open Source-Open Libraries Consortium have partnered with ByWater Solutions for their Koha implementation.

The Los Gatos Public Library’s Koha installation was successfully implemented in late November, and the library has partnered with ByWater Solutions for ongoing support and hosting services.

Henry Bankhead, Library Manager for Adult Services, commented on Los Gatos’ decision to switch to Koha and ByWater Solutions:

“We wanted a solution that would work for us, not against us, and we wanted something priced at a reasonable cost.” He continues; “ByWater is similar to our organization in that they are agile and flexible. They were very helpful to us when we were building our own test system.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: “It has been a real pleasure to partner with Henry and the staff of Los Gatos. We are thrilled that the installation went smoothly, and look forward to a long and productive relationship. We are delighted to work closely with California libraries who have the desire to take advantage of a better product with higher levels of service at a lower cost.”

The Los Gatos Public Library’s customized online catalog can be found at http://catalog.losgatosca.gov.

About Los Gatos Public Library:
Los Gatos Public Library, located in Los Gatos, CA., serves a population of over 30,000 residents and houses a collection of more than 100,000 volumes. The library sponsors many community activities aimed at connecting people to the world of information. Programming is offered as a library resource that provides information, education,recreation and enrichment toall. For more information please visit: http://www.losgatosca.gov

About Open Source-Open Libraries:
Open Source , Open Libraries is a consortia of libraries, library systems, and other organizations committed to pursuing Open Source Software alternatives for libraries. The primary focus of the project is on Open Source Library Systems as potential replacements for commercial, proprietary integrated library systems (ILS).The goal is to empower libraries and library consortia by encouraging participation and collaboration in software products generally, and encouraging them to consider an Open Source Library System such as Koha or Evergreen. Just as libraries provide opportunities for people to empower themselves, Open Source Software provides an opportunity for libraries to empower themselves by asserting more control over the software tools used to run their libraries.The project is funded by member contributions combined withsupport from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information please visit: http://opensource.califa.org/

About Koha:
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–XHTML, CSS and Javascript–making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit: http://www.koha-community.org

About ByWater Solutions:
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com

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